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The ethical outlook of micro business operators

Dawson, Stuart and Breen, John P and Satyen, Lata (2002) The ethical outlook of micro business operators. Journal of small business management, 40 (4). pp. 302-313. ISSN 1540-627X Online 0047-2778 Print

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Abstract

This paper reports the findings of an investigation into the ethical outlook of micro business operators. The study was conducted in Australia and is the first such examination of ethical perspectives in this segment of the business population. Micro business is internationally recognizable, economically significant, and strongly entrepreneurial, and it has a high level of control over the values it enacts. The study indicates that ethical considerations are important to Australian micro business operators. While no one single ethical perspective was dominant, nonreligious beliefs and principles were found to be the most important determinant of their ethical values. Some variation was discovered in operator attitudes based on age, gender, and education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, ethical, micro business, economic, ethical behavior
Subjects: RFCD Classification > 350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
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Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2009 04:29
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2009 23:50
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1285
DOI: 10.1111/1540-627X.00059
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Citations in Scopus: 17 - View on Scopus

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